Earlier this week, the 14-year-old Disney star gracefully draggedAzealia Banks on Twitter in the midst of another one of her bullying episodes on the social media platform. Skai responded to the Harlem rapper’s nasty tweets towards Zayn Malikabout his ethnicity and we’re not mad one bit.
Teen Vogue spoke to Skai about why she decided to shut down Azealia in the way that she did. Check out a few interview excerpts below.
What made you even decide to send the first tweet about Azealia Banks?
SJ: I know who Azealia Banks is, and I would always see her trending on Twitter. At first I would never really pay attention to it, but then I realized she was trending because of all the negative things and all the racial slurs that she was saying to [Zayn Malik]. I felt like it was totally offensive and not right to say at all. She’s a bully, and I’ve been bullied when I was younger. I’m against bullying, I hate it because I’ve dealt with it. I felt like I had to say something on my Twitter.
Azealia’s account was suspended by Twitter, and several of her shows were canceled. Do you have any thoughts on that?
SJ: There should be consequences that happen when you say things about people, especially racist things. I’m honestly going to say I’ve heard some of her music; she is a talented person, but all that talent is being covered up with all this negativity that she’s causing on her own.
I hope that one day, Azealia will realize eventually that what she’s doing is not helping her out at all. I really hope that her team and her people are helping her and telling her, “You need to get off of social media and take a breather for a little bit because what you’re doing is not helping your career whatsoever.”
I hope that she takes a break from social media and everything and lays low for a little bit. Even if that is deleting your Instagram or deleting your Twitter for a certain amount of time — which I’ve done before, just to get back into myself and get back in tune with myself. I definitely hope she realizes that what she’s doing is not cool. She may seem like she’s hurting people but she’s not. She’s kind of making a fool of herself and making a mockery of herself.
Skai is obviously wise beyond her years, and Banks should take notes Read the full interview here.